January 24, 2018 Subject:
A Unique View of US History from USNA ‘63: 1959-1973
This collection of more than 50 stories by 30 members of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1963 provides a unique perspective of our nation’s history beginning with induction in July of 1959 through Plebe Year, Academy adventures from academics to sports to the constant search for freedom and independence to finally, graduation, and, for many, active duty service in the Vietnam War. The collection begins with hundreds of pages of specific Vietnam duties leading to many citations for honor, and then provides the background that built the Class cohesiveness both within the walls of Mother Bancroft as well as “Over the Wall.” The memoirs cover a most entertaining view of entrance examinations, Plebe Year, varsity sports, Herndon Monument, Cannonball recipes, Army-Navy, Mr. B., Second Class Summer, First Class Year, ADM Rickover, and even a nuclear explosion. Here’s to the compiler for capturing this collection, and here’s to the lads that lived through it all.